BREEN gives guarded welcome to HIQA Review but warns that it must not be used to progress the AGENDA of ending 24/7 Accident and Emergency Services at Ennis General Hospital.

September 25th, 2008 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has given a guarded welcome to the announcement of a HIQA review of services at Ennis General Hospital. He is warning that this review must not be used to progress the Agenda of ending 24/7 Accident and Emergency Services at the Hospital. Deputy Breen added that recent incidents have highlighted the continuing delay in rolling-out Breast check in the County and is warning that the service needs to be fast tracked so that concerned women can get some reassurance.


“While the Minister cannot be said to have responded quickly to this issue, at least she has now responded. I am relieved for the family of Edel Kelly and Ann Moriarty that an independent enquiry will now take place and they can get some answers on the tragic deaths of their loved ones. However, it is deeply disappointing that the remit doesn’t extend to the mislaying of the file at St James’s hospital in the case of Ann Moriarty.”


“I hope that this review will lead to badly needed improvements at the Hospital and that it is not being used to implement the Hanly report by the back door. For the past ten years we have numerous commitments regarding the redevelopment project at the Hospital, during that period every time that there was a sniff of an election some Government Minister including the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern were on hand to add their voice to the promise of the €39m. Not one cent has been spent on the Hospital and the Staff and Management continue to have to work in unacceptable conditions without adequate facilities, it is not good enough.”


“The latest confirmation by the HSE that the CAT Scanner which will eventually be installed is to operate on a five day basis only adds to the suspicion that the policy is to further downgrade A&E services in Ennis.”


“It is imperative also now that Breastcheck is rolled-out immediately in County Clare. I raised this matter in the Dail with the Minister during last week’s debate and once again she could not confirm when this vital service will become available”


“Minister Harney must review this situation and in the interim put some facility in place whereby women who are concerned and who have a family history of breast cancer can be facilitated with a routine mammogram”